Thaniya Plaza, water color on paper, 5x7 inch
On Patpong’s fringe, Thaniya Plaza is for the Japanese executive crowd in Bangkok. They are Thailand’s largest group of Expats, owning and running most of the automobile and electronics factories. Thaniya’s set-up to look like Tokyo’s Ginza with a vertical array of clubs, KTV’s, bars and cozy hang-outs, over a hundred, all with colorful Japanese signs. The Thai girls are dressed in kimonos and gowns and speak a little Japanese. Hello, How are you, Handsome man, Do you want whiskey, Thank you so much, Nice to see you, Please come back. They bow from the waist with heads tilted down.
If a western guy approaches, they turn and look the other way, sometimes pointing towards the little sign on the door that says, For Japanese Only.